and has so many layers of meaning

Voltron Characters: A Summary (Part 3)
  • Lance: so he's a stripper now huh
  • Keith: Look the emo boy has an emo squad now
  • Pidge: Will kick your ass with a look
  • Hunk: Who? I didn't see him this season.
  • Shiro?: I want to burn him alive, but hug him at the same time.
  • Allura: Uh, don't you mean Keith.
  • Coran: Drug Addict
  • Matt: Walking shitpost
  • Lotor: He has SO MANY LAYERS. Actual onion.
  • Narti: MMM WHATCHA SAYYY THAT YOU ONLY MEANT WELLLL
  • Zethrid: EJECTED
  • Ezor: Still pure :)
  • Axca: Top 10 Anime Betrayals
  • Kaltenecker: The only sane character this entire season
Figure Skating Charms and a Wealth of Nuance

Haha…so…*guiltily posts this months later* I had this in my drafts 70% completed since episode 10 came out, but with episode 11 and 12 the fandom exploded on other issues, and I thought it was kind of irrelevant since the rings have so many layers of meaning already. But in PASH magazine’s March issue, Kubo-sensei actually brings this up. 

I ended up cleaning this post and after finding out that @sachiro​ was going to make a similar post, we decided to have “pair posts” to submit for victuuriweek. You can read their yoi meta here , which discusses and connects specific moments throughout the series to the points I’ll lay out in the second half of this post.

About Yuuri’s charm. Yuuri has a figure skating precedent for buying jewelry to act as a charm - it isn’t a blasé “lots of good stuff around here…yeah, rings can make good charms, right? idk, but I’m doing it anyway.” Here’s yet another layer.

Charms are a legitimate THING in figure skating.

You won’t read about this in figure skating intros or on Wikipedia, and you won’t hear commentators talk about it either (if it’s brought up, consider it a stroke of luck and immediately save that video/interview forever). Unless you follow skaters to the point of knowing about their personal lives, then this is one meaningful aspect of figure skating that is easy to miss.

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~just renee walker things~

  • her hair’s too short to really tie back
    • if she uses a band she has to use a lot of clips to keep it even remotely where it should be. and she uses clips of all different shapes and colours
    • if she uses a bandana she is immediately the cutest pirate girl, ever
  • she likes conservative clothing which just means she wears as many layers as she can at all times
    • (cold lesbian grunge)
  • and she really likes jumpers that are too big and fold over her hands
  • she has reading glasses
  • and freckles
  • she’s an unrepentant morning person. she loves mornings and has no problem getting up early in the morning
    • she’ll wake up early just to watch the sunset, no matter how late she goes to bed
    • she schedules all her classes for the morning so “the rest of my day is free!”
    • somehow she can still stay up late with no problem. it’s probably magic tbh
  • she spends her summer breaks volunteering at local schools, shops and charities as well as spending time with her chosen family (the walkers, but her friends, too)
  • once she took a class on astronomy and she researches things in her free time
    • when the foxes are out at night she’ll point at constellations and tell them about them
  • she loves hand-written letters
    • she’ll write them over summer break, but she writes more once the foxes start graduating
    • when she leaves with the peace corps it’s almost like nothing changed
  • she doesn’t believe in boring colours, so she doesn’t use black or blue pens unless she’s forced to for exams
    • the most serious she gets in her later years at palmetto is whenever she talks about having to use black pens. she actually says “fuck the system.” matt goes into cardiac arrest
  • she’s an unrepentant feminist. please. of course she is
  • allison swears up and down that the scariest thing about renee is that she has the most ridiculous tolerance for spicy foods. she doesn’t flinch. ever
  • her hair is naturally dark so when she first bleached it, it went orange. stephanie has photos and takes pleasure in showing every one of the foxes. “it was fate,” she says. dan says she should go ginger again to show fox spirit

this is all i can think of tonight pls talk to me about renee walker the actual light of my life

everything is not oki doki

I’ve been pretty open about my problem with obsessing over video games here on this blog. I’ve talked about Yandere Simulator, The Sims series, and many dating sim games and recently I’ve been posting quite a bit about Doki Doki Literature Club and you see, I’m having the same problem I had with all the other games all over again.

The difference, however, is that Doki Doki is a popular story game- meaning there can be theories made on it. I’ve been watching so many theories on the game and and and….gosh the game has so many layers to it. One of my favorite theories was that the piano represented Monika’s presence. I’d really recommend watching it. The Game Theorists channel also made some good videos about the game as well

Something I picked up on that I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about was the ongoing contrast between Natsuki and Yuri. Besides the obvious being that Yuri likes complex and morbid language while Natsuki likes simple and cute language and that Natsuki is petite while Yuri is tall and curvy, there’s more to their contrast. On the surface, another contrast you could see is that while Yuri is careful with her words, Natsuki blurts out everything on her mind. But if you spend more time with Natsuki it’s more and more hinted at that she’s abused by her dad. It’s hinted at in the poems or when she says her dad would kill her if he knew she read manga. However, it’s not really obvious until Monika starts tampering with her dialogue so that Natsuki says my dad would beat the shit out of me he found out about this. It’s probably not something Natsuki would come forward and tell the main character himself. Yuri, on the other hand, you learn is progressively working on speaking her mind more freely. You learn she’s actually a pretty blunt person. So the better you get to know Natsuki, you realize there’s something she’s trying to hide while the better you get to know Yuri, there more you realize she has a lot she wants to say.

The video I linked in this mentions this, but something noticeable is the amount Monika tampers with the characters based on how threatened she felt by them. Something I noticed very quickly into the game was that there was a bias towards Sayori. The MC character always talked fondly of her and the dialogue between him and Sayori always felt full of heart and carried more weight than that the scenes with Natsuki or Yuri. So naturally, she was the first character Monika messed with and ultimately killed. Yuri was tampered with far more than the other two. Yuri was also the character both, Natsuki and Sayori would bring (if you were doing the poems in their favor) up out of jealousy. All the girls saw that Yuri was a desirable person. Monika saw this too so she felt she had to put in extra effort to make her not desirable to the main character. What also makes this very evident is if you pick all the words for the poem that favor Natsuki Monika will say “You aren’t cheating, are you?”. In the second portion of the game, after Sayori dies, Yuri becomes very possessive so it’s hard to get time with Natsuki. When making the poem it’s a lot easier to pick words that belong to Yuri or Sayori. You have to go out of your way to get Natsuki- and Monika is aware of this. I’ve seen Natsuki being dubbed as “the only normal one” while being discussed on twitter sometimes and I think the reason behind this is because Monika doesn’t find her as big a threat as Sayori or Yuri and therefore doesn’t feel the need to tamper with her as much. HOWEVER, like I just said, Monika knows you have to go out of your way to favor Natsuki. So if you do spend all your time with Natsuki then she will be tampered with very intensely. She probably has the most terrifying one, with that fucking neck crack. I’m getting uncomfortable just thinking about it.

So yeah I’m just trying to get out some of my thoughts on this game so I can move on with my life. Fingers crossed this might actually help me.


P.S. Sayori is best girl.

For that one anon that said this would be cool!! Here ya go! (But anyone else can use this if they want, duh)

Just gonna start this by saying I’m assuming you know how to make gifs yourself. If you do not, I actually know a few ways, but only with photoshop, which means the other softwares are a mystery to me. (So you can ask me about photoshop, but mine is in French so I’m not sure I’ll be a great help ><)

Keep in mind this is meant to be an efficient way of doing this! Not necessarily the best, but it is certainly quick, and easy for real.

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Oh, shit, I just realised something about Arthur in 5x13…

Dammit, I always took his ‘I would know’ line as he would be able to tell that Merlin was a sorcerer. That he’d know because, well, how can you hide something like that?

But it’s just a build on what I was saying when I was talking about Arthur’s trust in Merlin. (X)

Not only does Arthur realise, in that moment, that he never had Merlin’s absolute trust… The line of ‘I would know’ suggests that he would know, because he thought he had Merlin’s absolute trust…

That Arthur would know because Merlin would tell him such a thing. 

Oh, Arthur thought of Merlin as his only friend… Did he think that Merlin thought of Arthur as his only friend? (Which we know isn’t the case).

Is that why Arthur-

Ohhh, Arthur thought they were a lot closer than they actually were, didn’t he?

Arthur shared a lot with Merlin over the years, things he wouldn’t tell anyone else. He had so much trust in him, he valued his opinion over all others and he needed him at (almost) all times……

But, in that moment, he finds out that not only did he not have Merlin’s absolute trust, but that Merlin wasn’t as close to him as he previously thought. That Merlin clearly didn’t value Arthur’s opinions as much, or needed him as much as Arthur did with Merlin.

Otherwise, Merlin would have told Arthur years ago.

I don’t even think Arthur was satisfied for why Merlin didn’t tell him, years back. He’s hurt by the fact that Merlin must have feared him, that Merlin didn’t want to put him in any difficult positions…

But what hurts Arthur the most is that Merlin never came to him in confidence, that all Arthur had done for Merlin over the years, to protect him, did not grant him enough trust for Merlin to tell him the truth.

And, man oh man, that kills…. 

Arthur has to process so much in that moment, that no wonder he wanted to be left on his own. 

He has to go through SO MUCH. He probably went through everything they did over the years, every little time something happened in Camelot…

So when he was alone, Arthur must have had to go through like…. 

Was the Merlin I knew just an act?
Was he ever dangerous?
Did he care about me at all?
Was his belief in me for some twisted outcome?
Did he ever trust me?
Were we ever truly friends?
Why didn’t he trust me with this?
What did he think I would do to him?
Would I have executed him?
Did all the years of me protecting him from my father and countless others not tell him that I couldn’t bear to see him hurt, let alone see him die?
Did the fact that I trusted him above anyone else not allow me enough trust from him? 
Would I have stood by and let him die if there was sure evidence he was a sorcerer?
Did he fear me?
Why didn’t he come to me and tell me?
What else is he keeping from me?

I mean, he might not be thinking of those questions in that moment, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Arthur’s so insecure, you can’t tell me he wasn’t thinking about all this.

Maybe that’s why he’s scared.

OH THAT’S WHY HE WAS SCARED

Because there was no surety that the Merlin he knew (and loved), was Merlin at all.
That only when Gaius talked to him did he calm down and begin to realise that he had always known the true Merlin, he just hadn’t seen the entirety of him, the complete and utter Merlin, who’s true to his magic.

That’s why he starts to be all like, ‘you lied to me’. Because Merlin did lie, he lied over and over again. He lied because he didn’t trust Arthur. 
Arthur is just trying to (finally) fathom Merlin out. He could never do it before, but with all the questions buzzing around in his mind being answered with words and actions, he works Merlin out. He realises what Merlin has done for him and the kingdom…

And once he lets Merlin know that he should always be himself and never change, and when he tells him that he understands and thanks him… he can die peacefully….

And that’s just……… whoa………. that’s a lottttt

I’m just going to dissect why I love the line “As she has done so many times before, she thinks of her friends and prays for sunrise” (Not exact) and just what it implies for Troth as a character.
In TAZ nights, it is mentioned a couple times that Troth has anger issues, and though her monk discipline helps curb some it can flare. Notably, in the most recent episode where she shouts at a guard “Go home and Pray for Sunrise.”

Now, in the latest episode of regular TAZ, the line “As she has done so many times before, she thinks of her friends and prays for sunrise” is an obvious omage to this, but it carries a few other layers of meaning. First, there is the element of how the meaning of it literally hasn’t changed, pray that you live to tomorrow, but the connotation and context have entirely changed. Now it has become a symbol of hope and survival for Troth rather than a threat from internal anger, and seemingly has been for a while due to the “As she has done so many times before” part. Also, I find it emotionally poignant that she has also incorporated her friends into this mantra of survival, and that she still cares for them after so long.

TL:DR Griffin McElroy is a genius in making such significant character development happen in the time that Troth appeared in this episode.

We need to talk about Belle’s pockets.

The 2017 and 1991 Beauty and the Beast  is set in 18 century France. This is seen in the architecture and clothing and even some of the mannerisms of the characters. (It’s not 100% accurate because it is a Disney Fairytale and liberties were taken.)

Now about the clothing. I’ve been doing some research for some unrelated things and I found a cool video on clothing in the 18th century. (You can watch it here.) The most intersting thing I found was the pockets. Yes, POCKETS. Ladies actually had pockets in their dresses back then!! This is the even cooler part. They were more or less small bags that hung at the hip. They were worn under a couple of layers and all of those layers had slits in them to allow access to the pocket. 

Heres whats so cool about Emma Watson’s Belle. She wears her pockets on the outside of her dress. Not only are they accurate to what pockets looked like in the 18th century, but they are seen. At the time, pockets were a very private thing. They were often stolen by being cut off a lady- thus you wear them under so many layers. It was also one of your only private places to hide things (small houses or maids poking around). Belle is making a pretty big satement wearing her pockets outside of her dress. 1) she has nothing of great value. 2) she trusts her fellow towns people not to steal what she does have. 3) She doesn’t care that people can see her pockets (I mean she also has her skirt tucked into her waist band so…) 4) She has no secrets. She’s an open book. ;)

So there you go. Bravo to the costume designer, Jacqueline Durran!

12x19 Deconstruction: Part II - The Mixtape Exchange


(A MIXTAPE, GUYS. A GODDAMN MIXTAPE!)

So, yeah, there really wasn’t anything else I could possibly call this piece of dialogue, was there? Nope. Let’s set the scene:

Dean is at his computer. There’s a knock on the door. Cas opens it, pauses, and what we learn from this, by the way, is that Cas was waiting for a response and when he didn’t get one he proceeded inside, thinking Dean wasn’t there. What does this visual exposition tell us?

a) Dean’s bedroom is not off limits to Cas if Dean’s not there, because there’s trust
b) Cas didn’t come to the room looking for Dean

The reason Cas goes to Dean’s room is to get the Colt - the mixtape is just his excuse. So, then, what an utterly beautiful tool of exposition this innocent piece of prop becomes, and how incredibly well it’s used to highlight exactly what the problem has always been in this relationship: the lack of fucking communication. In fact, not only does the mixtape highlight the lack of communication, it goes further as it turns that problem on it’s head completely when, suddenly, both of these men open up to each other. And the fact that Cas is there on a mission, that he’s effectively playing Dean, doesn’t take away from all the truth that is in this exchange as well. Not that there’s complete honesty. Not just yet, but it’s coming. Oh, it’s absolutely on the horizon. It has to be. And this exchange is, as so many others, riddled with subtext which makes the interpretation of it layered to the extreme, but what I have on offer today is my take. So, here goes:

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Tim is always cold

No matter what season it is or how many layers he’s wearing, Tim is always a few degrees colder than everyone around him. Nobody knows if it’s because he’s so skinny, because he no longer has a spleen, or because he’s just naturally like that, but no matter the cause, his family always does whatever they can to keep him warm. 

This means warm hugs from Dick whenever he’s in close enough proximity. This means Jason lending his little bro his too big leather jacket when they’re out on a mission and he can see Tim shivering. This means enduring itchy knitted mittens and scarves from Barbara but wearing them anyway because it makes her happy and besides, they do actually make him feel much warmer. This means hot tea and soup from Alfred whenever he needs it, because that old man has unrivalled butler instincts and the talent to provide them before Tim even has to ask. This means Stephanie buying dozens of fluffy blankets so Tim always has enough when they go to bed, and also having the perfect excuse to cuddle with him all night.  

Just 

Cold Tim being cared for by his concerned family 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BANG

It’s here, people

the day where one of the most legendary kpop groups debuted ELEVEN YEARS AGO

ELEVEN!! that’s amazing… they’ve lasted this long with no member changes or anything! I mean, shinhwa has 19 years to now with no member changes or anything, but you gotta admit, 11 is pretty badass because

that was 11 years of hard work

11 years of teamwork

11 years of being together

and to those VIPs from debut to now, you deserve an award as well

you’ve stayed with them through stupid scandals, drama, hardships and happiness

and they’d gifted you all with 11 years of happiness.

11 years with this man (KWON JIYONG [this fandom has so many layers and i can say that one of them is Not Knowing What The Fuck Is Happening, But Loving Them For It Anyway])

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11 years with this man (DONG YOUNGBAE [i can say with confidence that i use that facial expression at least once a day])

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11 years with this man (LEE SEUNGHYUN [once you get into this fandom, you stop questioning what they’re doing and just go along with it])

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11 years with this man (KANG DAESANG [dunno what’s happening, but that’s okay. ily anyway])

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11 years with this man (CHOI SEUNGHYUN [don’t ask me what he’s doing bc i doubt anyone knows])

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(you don’t know how easy it is to find gifs of big bang acting crazy bc they’re basically Crazy™)

these gifs aren’t mine (im not that skilled – i’ll stick to the text that i type. with fingers. and keyboard.) credits to owners!

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*whispers* i love them

i’m signing off now. again, credits to owners of the gifs – none of those are mine

HAPPY ELEVEN YEARS, VIPs, BIGBANG, EVERYONE

they deserve it. :D

zouchu

Fandom Fic Rec Days

To celebrate the Fandom Fic Rec Days on 10th,11th and 12th(see this), I’ve decided to create my own Adlock Fic Rec.Well I’m not exactly new to Sherlock fandom and adlock yatch in general.But I’m not a veteran either,since I’ve only been in this fandom for a year (since february 2015).Tbh,I’ve been a professional shipper for 4 years in other fandoms,I’m also a fanfic enthusiast.I have to admit,Adlock is one of the ship that has some of the greatest fics that I’ve ever had a chance to read in my fangirl life and some of the best fanfic authors I’ve ever seen.Without further ado,I would like to introduce to my fellow adlockers my Adlock Ficrec

***Warning:this list is based on my personal preference,so there will be a few that are left out.I call this list my adlock fic recommendation.Feel free to add your own favorite ones!


1.There are authors who frequently write about adlock,whether they write ficlets,drabbles or a whole series with the length of a real-life book series.To start,here is authors of adlock ficlets and short fics that I like: @ebdaydreamer, @randombiochemist @sorrowsflower(queen of short fics imo) @i-am-adlocked lyrangalia @throughtheparadox @captnandycalavera (if you want fluff and romantic,sweet adlock) and Del(goddessdel) (if you want to read smut)

2.Must read: The first thing I do when I enter a new ship is search for fanfics about them on ao3 and fanfiction.net.And this list contains fics which I highly recommend you to check out if you’re new to the yacht:

  • Neither A Soldier Nor A Gentleman by  Francesca_Wayland:The very first adlock fic that I read.A closer look at what happened after Sherlock’s rescue in Karachi and what followed.(you can check out the sequel Sui Generis and other fics written by her)
  • Come Attrition,Come Hell by @tales-of-inkinc:Sad,angsty,melancholy,might leave you heartbroken but just read this!It’s worth all the pain if you want to explore this side of their relationship
  • The Price Of Retrouvailles by @akajustmerry:If you want an in -character expression of love and and tenderness between our favorite geniuses and a good mystery then this fic is what you need.
  • What He Likes and sequel The Way the Heavens Go by solojones:Sherlock’s struggle with drug habit through the eyes of Irene.Very detailed and well written but unfortunately,the author haven’t update the sequel for a long time :(
  • The W Hypothesis by @elinorx :I admit,for a historical romance trash like me,this fic is like a dream comes true.I mean,adlock+victorian era+badass female characters+a thrilling case that contains layers of dark secrets?Count me in!And the narrative is so addictive,intriguing,seductive with the secretive and tragic air will leave you wanting for more!
  • Death Takes A Holiday series by @lyrangalia:What happened if Sherlock and Irene met during the two-year-hiatus? A holiday with blood,sex,violence,BDSM mixes with heavy sentiments,lies and constant deny of feelings.A memorable holiday that change both of it participants forever.Super long but extremely satisfying
  • A Very Different Level by SorrowsFlower:A seriesby @sorrowsflower-queen of short fics :) Update when the inspiration hit.For more adlock content,check out her tumblr.

And finally,I give you my no.1 adlock series:Sherlock & The Woman with its sequel The Good,The Bad and The Woman by Ibaraz:When I first came to Adlock yacht,I only looked for their fics on ao3,but due to the limited number of adlock fics on the site,I move to ff.net for more,That’s how I discovered these gems.The first time I read the fics,I was impressed because of how Sherlock-y the narrative was,but back then I kind of didn’t like the way the author wrote Irene.I’m sure some of you would have the same thought like me when you read the 2 fics the first time.But wait!Let me tell you this:we barely know anything about her,are you sure this Irene is OOC? Well to me after at least 10 times re read these two,I can say Irene Adler of this fic is absolutely my favorite.I mean,the reason this series is a true masterpiece to me is not just in the way each chapters is like a Sherlock episode itself (the clever and thrilling plot,smart dialogues,the way the characters act stay so true to their canon versions) but how the author has created,portrayed and explored the love-hate relationship between Sherlock and Irene in a way that will leave you stunned.Ibaraz has describe Sherlock and Irene’s relationship especially with all the odds and heartbroken aspects.With the minimum amount of romantic scenes but maximum the feelings and heartfelt meaning in each line of dialogues,not to mention a tons of well set up details that when everything is uncover is will make you surprise.And last but not least:This series is so so angsty and painful and so so sad that It’s so good.Each time I read It’s each time I discover some new layers behind all the beautifully written words.The emotions hit me everytime.I have like TOO many thing to say about this series but It’s best if you go and read it yourself (maybe I’ll have a post only for this one hell of a fanfic series).Seriously,this series deserves more attention and mentioning from the yacht! (and I’m shamelessly promoting it right now) 

Side notes:she is writing the third part of the series:  A Tale of Three Brothers and The Woman


3.Other mentions:

*ASiB/post ASiB/Hiatus fics


*S3/post S3/canon divergence 

The Empty Hearse and sequel The Sign of Three

For you and for myself and sequel Il M'a Dit, Elle M'a Dit

This is Not a Safe House, Part III

Ships in Glass Bottles

The Conundrum between Fire and Ice (WIP)

A Very Affirming Relationship

 In the Morning Sun

Nero Wolfe Series

*AU fics

A Scandal in Hogwarts (Harry Potter crossover) (WIP)

The caretaker (WIP)

The Broken Tango

Philophobia

Here Be Dragons (in-hiatus)

Nooooo guys stop saying that Cordelia's presence is pointless!!

Cordelia is so important!!!!!

Consider:

“While I put the steak in” “I bring home the bacon”

“You save lives and I save chicken fat.”

Narratively, Charlotte and Cordelia’s relationship functions to parallel Marvin and Whizzer’s. 

There’s a good reason they only show up in Act II. In Act I, with even Jason implying that Marvin’s sexuality made him “no man at all,” Marvin’s masculinity was so fragile that he had to put down other men (and enact violence towards women) in order to feel secure. He pigeonholed Whizzer into the role of housewife in order to justify taking power away from him. It broke their relationship. It took precious time away from them.

So much of Falsettos is about negotiating gender roles (it’s even layered into the title). Cordelia proves that performing historically feminine actions (saving chicken fat while Charlotte saves lives) does not make her sexuality any less valid–and does not give her any less power in the relationship!

Not to mention the fact that she runs her own fucking business, Jesus. Do y’all think catering is easy? My mom manages a similar small business and she has to handle so many crises every day: she’s juggling cooking, repairs, purchasing, administration, customer service, hiring and firing, maintenance, etc. 

And lastly, just because Cordelia isn’t the one providing Whizzer’s medical treatment doesn’t mean that her contribution to his care is any less significant.

CONFESSION:

I was a little bummed I could play only a dalish elf in Inquisition, since for me the city elves were the first, wonderful break of fantasy stereotypes and my canon Warden is one. However, I decided to remedy that by building my Inquisitor around a headcanon that she’s actually my Surana. Let me elaborate: my friend and I have an DAO AU where their Amell becomes the Warden, while Surana, who is like a sister to him stays in the Circle. She never becomes a Warden but she helps Amell during the Broken Circle and joins his party afterwards. Now, ten years later she’s filling irving’s shoes as best she can and as such, attends the Conclave and is its sole survivor

Obviously, it’s not perfect. Characters call her “Lavellan” and “dalish” and such. But by simply ignoring that and roleplaying her as a highly educated andrastian mage I can all but forget the game mechanics. It has brought such a great extra layer on so many things! Learning about the Calling and fighting Grey Wardens feels emotionally brutal. Meeting Leliana, Morrigan (who Amell romanced) and Kieran all bring a storm of feelings. Many of Cullen’s romance lines also get a great double meaning.

“I like who you are now.” “Even after..?” “Cullen, I care about you. You’ve done nothing to change that.” being one example. (And before anyone accuses me of being boring: I never shipped them in DAO. But seeing their character growth in Inquisition, the choice seemed both natural and interesting story-wise.) It’s been great to dive into a familiar character but ten years forward in her timeline.

anonymous asked:

What your opinion on krillen and android 18

I love everything about it and it is pure and it is wonderful and it has so many layers of depth to it that no one wants to look into which is frankly a crime…

-ahem-

When you get right down to it, the progression (stated progression at least) of their relationship is easily one of the healthiest in comparison to an irl relationship and would, therefore, be one of the stronger bonds in the show. On her part, it’s simultaneously easier to see, yet harder perhaps to understand, what it means for her to choose him. He’s not what most would consider a conventionally attractive man, he’s not as comparably strong, he’s not very exotic or wealthy, etc. and the last bit there is actually pretty sacrificial on her part. While 18 isn’t necessarily what I’d call materialistic, she does have a love for the finer things in life, likely both due to her delinquent lifestyle and being used to taking what she wanted, and also likely due to simply never having had them. Whether it’s residual memories of childhood, or simply the lack of memories of these things, I can’t say. But she gave that up, or at least put it on the back burner, when she married him. 

As for why she married him… it was because he wasn’t like anyone she’d ever met before. He wasn’t two-faced, he didn’t really serve any ulterior motives, he didn’t try to act tough to impress her, didn’t change himself to be more like what he’d assume she’d like him to be. He was just himself, he was honest and straightforward with her, he was a nice guy and not wild or “bad” at all. And that attracted her to him, she wanted more of that. He represented a normal, happy, decent future for her with someone who only wanted to see her happy, and she wanted that, and him, more than anything.

As for his POV, it’s easy to see why he’d like her, but also harder to see what he had to overlook. On the one hand, let’s get real: she’s one of the few women who ever showed any kind of interest in or paid attention to him. She was the first one to ever even so much as kiss him on the dang cheek, so far as we ever saw in canon at least. And that did endear her to him. Is that sad and kinda pathetic? Yes, it honestly is to an extent, and he himself recognized that. But at the same time, as he learned more about her and even her brother, his outlook changed. These were two kids who, in the prime of their lives, had them stolen away, turned into weapons by some madman obsessed with revenge, who’d then decided they were outmoded, defective, and had tried to simply put them into storage like some kind of toy. He also noted, as Kami had, that the two really hadn’t done anything wrong. They’d killed Gero and had intended to be on their way until Vegeta had pressed a fight with the two, and the sole reason they were looking for Goku was so 16 could fulfill his prime directive and they could go live their lives however they wanted. 

He saw they wanted a semblance of normalcy, a chance to live. It’s part of why he smashed that remote rather than deactivate her, take away her personhood and reduce her to a thing again. It’s why he used a wish to try to restore her and her brother back to being completely human, but at least removed the explosives planted within them. He did this without thinking he’d get any benefit from it; hell, he was sure that her brother was her boyfriend at the time, that as attractive as she was she had to have someone, that he had no chance in hell of having any relationship with her at all, but… he still genuinely cared, wanted her to be able to have her life back, or at least some semblance of it.

On the flipside, this is also why 18 snapped at him and accused him of saving her and expecting her to just fall at his feet in gratitude, why she tried to accuse him of making that wish to “win her heart”. It was how everyone had treated her. People were only nice to her when they expecting to get something in return, or helped her seeking some form of gratuity. But this man, this weird, funny little man who’d tried to reason with her instead of assuming she was a monster… he hadn’t. He treated her like a person and gave her a chance to live expecting absolutely nothing from her in return.

That’s what sparked off their relationship, that’s what bloomed into love, a marriage, a family. And that is why I do feel they are objectively among the most underrated fictional couples of all time in ANY series.

8

The Secrets of Itomori Temple…

(The temple in Itomori is crucial to understanding the ‘backstory’ of Kimi no na wa. Understand you do not have to know any of this to appreciate the film- in fact all of this doesn’t impact upon the brilliance of the film itself. But Shinkai has added some extraordinary detail here that adds so many layers to the film it’s immense).

(So, if you look at the kanji representation of the town, Itomori is a combination of two words Ito and Mori. Ito means thread, and Mori means forest. It can mean that the rough translation of the name is ‘The forest that is as thick as threads’. Or, the people of the region are an expert at knitting/weaving threads. And we know/see the town is surrounded by thick forest.
This is important. Why?
It doesn’t mention the lake. )

(If the town was built by this stunningly perfect lake, surely that would be in its name? The name for Itomori village should contain some symbol/kanji representing water. But it doesn’t. This implies that the people of Itomori lived in a forest, and the lake was created AFTER the land was populated. Or, in other words…)

(Itomori existed before Tiamat struck the earth 1200 years ago (in fact we see the date of the impact in the print out above). So imagine- 1200 years ago there is a huge boom and a massive comet crater is made. After the hole fills with water and becomes a lake, people move into the region).

(Now the locals ain’t dumb. To avoid similar catastrophe in the future and to remember what has happened they build a temple overlooking the lake and they appoint people regarded with high spiritual power (shaman/priests of the Shinto tradition) and from the temple the Miko arise to serve in that area. This Miko lives on site with their home attached to the new temple. This can be seen proven when you look at the name of the family who are charged with maintaining the shrine- the Miyamizu (Mitsuha’s dynasty)).

(Miyamizu is written using two kanjis (宮水); Miya (宮) and Mizu (水). Miya means a palace or shrine. Mizu means water. So, it roughly means the Miyamizu family is 'the family that attend the water shrine’, in this case, Itomori Lake.)

(So the shrine dates from after the strike and Mitsuha’s family were clearly in charge of looking after it. And their main duty? To warn others of Tiamat’s return. The temple has declined somewhat. They cannot afford actual musicians to perform there and much of their lore/history/family secrets were lost in the infamous Mayugoro fire some 200 years ago. But it still remains, 1200 years after it was first created…)

(More to follow about the Shinto symbolism in Kimi no na wa)

i just love how messy valkyrie is…it many ways i mean. i love that she gets sloppy drunk as a horrible coping mechanism, i love that she’s confident, i love that she’s kinda an asshole, that she has a good heart but it’s buried under layers of shit and trauma…i just love that’s shes allowed to be this way. that she’s fierce and broken, kind but ruthless…she’s just…i love her so much. 

Why I really want a Steven/Lars fusion (Stars).

All through the past Bomb (and the whole series, tbh), I’ve been watching with bated breath as Lars develops. Throughout the show, he’s gone from a standard bully trope to a legit character who hides his insecurities through many layers of being mean to people, including the girl that he obviously has a crush on.

Most of the Lars episodes we’ve had so far have been developmental towards his relationship with Steven, which has become progressively closer. This, I imagine, was the Crewniverse working towards these upcoming episodes.

Either way, at this point, we need this character arc to finally close in a similar way to that of Amethyst’s. How better can this be done than to have Lars participate in something not only very strange to him (he’d probably think that people would think he’s weird for doing Steven’s Gem Stuff), but also a representation of a close relationship, which, as we’ve seen (or has been implied), Lars is terrified of.

To conclude, having Stars show up wouldn’t just be an awesome way to end a pretty good storyline, but it would finally show Lars that it’s okay to be who he actually is, and give him confidence that he so desperately deserves, be it in his potential friendships or his relationship with Sadie.

a totally pointless detail

Carmilla has not worn what we’d consider underwear for the majority of her life

even drawers/pantaloons for women didn’t become a thing until the 1820s and they had an open crotch seam until the 1920s

by modern standards she has spent 245 of her 319 years going commando

I mean there are so many layers of cloth involved what with petticoats and the wide legs of those drawers and a chemise underneath that it’s not really sexy nor liable to cause accidental flashing but still

I just thought about that. wonder if she finds panties annoying or convenient?